Taylor Swift sets new American Music Award record, urges people to vote

Brenda Watkins
October 10, 2018

The country star-turned-pop singer, in the midst of a world tour, was among the first to arrive on the American Music Awards red carpet, but had nothing further to add on Tuesday to her political remarks.

Swift was accepting the award for artist of the year when she urged viewers to vote.

She will oversee a ceremony that includes Taylor Swift performing "I Did Something Bad", in her first live performance at an awards show since 2015.

Swift won three awards at the AMAs, but she saved politics for her last acceptance speech of the night.

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The singer echoed her own political Instagram post and said, "And you know what else is voted on by the people is the midterm elections on November 6". A special tribute to Aretha Franklin is included, as is some early promotion for the upcoming Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

Cardi B brought the party to the AMAs.

The artist is also in the run seven other awards, including New Artist of the Year and Favorite Female Artist - Pop/Rock. West was snubbed in the nominations while Beyoncé, Rihanna and Grande got just one nomination each.

Host Tracee Ellis Ross sported a white T-shirt for part of the evening saying "I am a voter", and presenter Billy Eichner, best known for the TV comedy "Parks and Recreation", urged the youth audience to register to vote.

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